Finding P-4: The DOD process for coupling end-user
operational needs to C4I systems is inadequate.
The general principle
that operational needs should drive the acquisition system is well established
within DOD. But under the traditional acquisition system, warfighter input
(from the perspectives of the CINCs) enters the acquisition process only at
the start of a new program. Thus, input from the end users--the field
commanders--cannot easily be accommodated, because it is generally infeasible
to specify requirements for C4I systems in a form that they can be handed
"over the transom." Furthermore, warfighter input (especially that from a
joint perspective) can be diluted when individual services are responsible for
setting system requirements.